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Truly Kristi

Creative Alchemy by Kristi Casey

My mission: Help people be their best selves, do their best work, and live their best lives. I’m a creative alchemist, transmuting pain into the power to change.

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Who says artists have to suffer?

Hey Reader! It’s a popular trope that to be an artist, you have to suffer. Centuries of books, movies and songs about tragic, creative people reinforce this myth that to be a creative artist, you must endure poverty, addiction, and/or mental illness in order to create great art. That kind of redemption arc certainly is dramatic, but it’s not the only way to live creatively. Being miserable doesn’t make you better at art, music, poetry or performing arts. It just makes you miserable. Which is...

2 days ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! There are people who mean so much to me that I tear up thinking about how much I love them. Yet I don’t talk to them regularly. Some I may not have spoken to for years. I think I need to change that pattern of behavior. A friend’s brother passed away last night. He was way too young. He was way too healthy to go so soon. There’s no reason he didn’t wake up this morning. We don’t get to choose when we say our goodbyes to people. That’s one of the reasons I always tell my friends I...

9 days ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! Life is about growth. And growth is about cycles. You can’t have abundance without times of scarcity. You can’t appreciate health without knowing what it means to be sick. We rise and fall. We have know what it feels like to lose before we understand why we want to win. Life is a wheel. As soon as you crest, you fall. The good news is you never fall for long. Life has a way of balancing us out. It also has a way of showing us where we need to be when we’re ready to understand it....

16 days ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! I’ve always loved learning about how other cultures approach things we take for granted. Take, for example, school. In America, we often get siloed into tracks of learning and a mindset that focuses on what we can’t do. Oh, I’m bad at math. I can’t spell. I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket . . . Imagine my surprise, then, when I learned about an educational approach in Japan that emphasized the opposite. If you were strong in verbal skills and weaker in math, they might put you...

23 days ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! At dinner tonight, a friend asked us what we wanted to be when we were little. I thought I'd be the only one who could say I still do now what I wanted when I was seven: make art, write books, sing, and act. But I was wrong. "I wanted to do disaster relief," my friend said. "And in a way, I still do." No, she doesn't work for FEMA, she's an events team leader. We all laughed but had to agree there were similarities. Anyone who's worked a show knows there's plenty of...

30 days ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! As I prepare the table for Passover Seder, my mind mulls over the story we will tell later tonight: Once upon a time, there was a pharaoh who enslaved and tried to eradicate the Jewish people. Eventually, his tyranny was overthrown. We escaped from Egypt and were sustained by miraculous means until we found our way home. My family likes to joke that Jewish celebrations often go like this: Someone tried to kill us. We survived. Let’s eat! But beneath the joke, there’s a deeper...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! It's never easy to feel like you're on the outside looking in. They say there's strength in numbers, but what happens when members of your community turn against you? I don't remember the first time a girl chose to attack me rather than support me, but it was a common enough occurrence that by high school I preferred hanging out with boys. It was years before I realized what was happening. And even longer before I realized how much I valued being in the company of other women. But...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Hey Reader! When I was a kid, I wanted to graduate high school at 15, win my first Oscar by 18, and then spend my adulthood winning a Nobel prize, publishing some novels and maybe curing cancer in my spare time. I wasn’t afraid to dream big. But somewhere along the way, probably the first time someone laughed at my ambitions, I started feeling like maybe I shouldn’t dream so large. “Be realistic,” said a lot of well-meaning folks. And so, over the years, my dreams got small. But here’s the...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Hey Reader! Last year, I went on a leadership retreat that combined difficult physical challenges with philosophical discussions. The lengths to which people went out of their way to help each other through the physical and mental obstacles touched me deeply. I enjoyed the work, the group and what I learned about myself. However, I noticed a disconnect between the stated aims of the retreat and what the leader chose for us to read and discuss around the campfire every night. As we hiked out,...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Hey Reader! This morning began with an interview. A creativity explorer wanted to learn about my creative process. He peppered me with questions: But what is it mean to get unstuck? How does it feel? What is the benefit of this practice? I’d never thought about creativity in this way. I liked the challenge of figuring out how to articulate it. Creativity is bigger than ‘flow,’ because there is a constancy to it. It connects me to my source of inspiration. It moves through me, illuminating and...

2 months ago • 2 min read
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